Your Macbook Just Ran Out of Space, Now what?

All computers no matter how fast or how much memory they’ve been built with will eventually run out of space. While this may not seem like anything new for some of you, it may be to people who use their Macbook and iMacs for things like graphic design or video editing. Because these projects tend to take up a lot of space and clog up your drive, it’s always good to back up to the cloud, but let’s say you’ve already reached that capacity and aren’t quite sure what to do at this point. Here are a few tips for you to give a bit of credence to that just might help.

Never let your computer whether you’re on iOS or Mac OSX, get down past 15% of space. If you do, you could find your computer start to run slower and eventually could crash. Look for files that use less than ten gigabytes of disk space and back these up with an external hard drive. Photos can take up a ton of additional space on the hard drive, so be sure to delete the ones you just aren’t interested in keeping. On top of photos you might not want, look for duplicates. Again, these little nuances will certainly help free space.

In addition to files that are running less than 10 Gigs, check to see if any apps are running and either close or delete them. Often when visiting certain websites, cookies and other nasty bits are left on you even after you’ve bounced out. In some cases, these apps can download themselves and need to be removed for good. Another aspect to consider is these apps can always be running and wearing on your disk space.

Another item that is eating up your space could be your iTunes app. Be sure to use a NAS box rather than an external hard drive to download your music, this way you’ll have access anytime. In case you’re unsure of what a NAS is that stands for Network-Attached-Storage or a server that is connected to your computer network. Xfinity or Comcast offers packages such as NAS, Jax, and FL. While this is an excellent alternative, it may not be cost-efficient for you.

If the price is too expensive for a NAS system, then download OmniDiskSweeper to show you exactly what apps are running and eliminate the ones, not in use. Another short cut follows these instructions from MacWorld.Co.Uk:

You can also do it easily without an app. Open a new Finder window and navigate to your Home folder or press Shift-Cmd-H from the Finder. Press Cmd-F to open a new Find window and in the left-hand drop-down menu at the top of the window, choose Other. From the window that opens next, scroll down until you see File Size, and check the box next to it. You have now selected that as the attribute for a search. Select ‘greater than’ in the next drop-down menu, and change the file size units to MB. Now type in a file size, say 100, to display all the files in your Home folder that are bigger than 100MB. You can now choose which files to delete or archive on an external disk, and free up disk space quickly.

With these quick methods, you may find it’s easier to free space than you might have thought. If all else fails ‘Go Coastal’ and call us directly.

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